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Dec 28, 2012 6:00am EST
. president obama when i interviewed him in the oval office acknowledged he made no lasting african-american friends in his four years in new york. he was starting to make that transition in his search for home. that change was starting to happen and beenu mahmood perceptively saw that going on and took him to chicago. >> host: why did the president stay in new york after graduating from columbia? >> guest: wanted to get into community organizing. he actually applied for a job in chicago. he didn't get anything. the best he could do was stay in new york if. he didn't want to go back to honolulu. didn't have any place else so he stayed there and as he put it he tried to make money and get a job in a sort of magazine/consulting outfit called business international for about a year. he didn't like it there. it was the business world which held no interest for him. that was the period beenu mahmood and also the period he met genevieve. >> host: david maraniss, back to the quote we started with, no life could have been more the product of randomness than that of barack obama. chicago bec
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